For the 10th year in a row, newly shaven hair will fall upon the floors of The State Theater in Elizabethtown as the Elizabethtown St. Baldrick’s Foundation hosts its signature head-shaving event.
The event is from 4 to 6:30 p.m. March 21 and is designed to raise money for children’s cancer research.
Volunteer organizer Heather Jones said she hopes this year’s event raises $40,000 for the cause. She said about $32,000 was raised from last year’s efforts.
“We have to raise awareness of childhood cancer and the need for research,” she said.
More than 70 participants are expected to shave their head in solidarity with children diagnosed with cancer during the fundraiser. Registration for the event begins at 3:30 p.m.
The largest private funder for childhood cancer research grants, the St. Baldrick’s Foundation raised more than $37 million in 2019. Locally, more than $255,000 has been raised for research grants in the last 10 years.
The head-shaving event also includes a bagpiper, performances and lessons from The Dance Centre of Elizabethtown, face painting, snacks, a silent auction and a fight demonstration from E-town Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu and Kickboxing.
There are several other local events benefiting St. Baldrick’s in March, including a screening March 15 of “Shrek” at Crowne Pointe Theatre in Elizabethtown and a “Bald Run” event March 17 hosted by Running Soles. Proceeds from a March 29 performance from magician Dinky Gowen at Upton Community Center also goes to St. Baldrick’s.
Impellizzeri’s in Elizabethtown will be donating proceeds from sales of their “Lucky Rock” cocktail to the cause as well.
According to the American Childhood Cancer Organization, an estimated 15,780 children in the U.S. between the ages of birth and 19 years of age are diagnosed with cancer each year.
The mother of a childhood cancer survivor, Jones said she knows first-hand the importance of the St. Baldrick’s Foundation’s cause.
“My family has been affected by it so it’s important to me to help make sure it doesn’t happen to others,” she said.